21. Pablo Cano

In honor of our Artopia party on February 10, Cultist proudly presents "100 Creatives," where we feature Miami's cultural superheroes in random order. Have suggestions for future profiles? Email cultist@miaminewtimes.com with the whos and whys.

21. Pablo Cano

21. Pablo Cano
Meet a true puppet master. Pablo Cano has always been an artist, but realized his true calling while earning his master's degree at Queens College. "I got interested in marionette theater and working towards this form of artistic expression. I realized that puppetry and marionettes had everything I loved about art. Like an operatic play I could incorporate music, painting, sculpture, theater, and acting. Ideas flowed easily after this breakthrough in my thinking about art."

After traveling all over the world, he returned to Little Havana and

his roots. "My life is entirely devoted to thinking about art,

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observing people and objects, and what lies around on trash pick up

days. My neighborhood is where I grew up and I am very happy to have

moved back into it."

As time passed he

discovered that he could express himself in previously unthinkable ways

through his marionettes. Still, he considers his art a work in progress

and is always looking for ways to improve their aesthetic. "My hobbies

are collecting materials for use in my marionettes. This collecting

impulse is most evident with my cigarette paper foil collection. I use

the silver foil paper to enrich the surfaces of my marionettes. I want

them to shine on stage."

Cano's marionettes

already dazzle at the likes of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami Dade

Public Library, the Rubell Family Collection, Irreversible Magazine, The

Bakehouse Art Center, and Miami Dade College. His experiences have taught him that art is all about perspective.

"Once a professor in grad school said to me, 'Cano, you cannot create

anything ugly.' Then I made an ugly witch puppet. I tried to make her as

ugly as I could. He said she was beautiful.">

1. List five things that inspire you.

-My muse

-Visits to NYC and Viscaya Palace and Gardens
-Cole Porter
-Children's drawings
-Marionette theater

2. What was your last big project?

The Museum of Contemporary Art commissioned my original marionette productions for 12 years. The new production opening in May 2011 is "The 7 Wonders of the Modern World."

This production was written by renowned New York comedian and writer Carmen Pelaez. The choreography will be created by the brilliant tap dancer and choreographer Katherine Kramer.

 

Matilda Hippo Marionette (2003)
Matilda Hippo Marionette (2003)

3. What's your next big project?

The Young at Art Children's Museum Director Mindy Shrago invited me to create the "Pablo Cano - Marionette and Puppet Theater, Gallery and Workshop" for their new museum building opening in the spring of 2012. This is my dream come true and will inspire and teach adults and children about marionette theater for generations to come.

4. Why do you do what you do?

I've never had the impulse to ask why I create art. I just do it freely and when I want to and for myself.

Little Red Riding Hood (2010)
Little Red Riding Hood (2010)

5. What's something you want Miami to know about you?

I am at peace. Also, I would never have been able to achieve the distinction of being selected in your article without the help and support of the late art historian and art critic Giulio V. Blanc.

What's something you don't want Miami to know about you?

I like to be distracted, interrupted, and disturbed when I work.

The Creatives so far:

22. Natasha Tsakos
23. Freegums

24. Aurora Natrix
25. Gean Moreno
26. Yaddyra Peralta
27. Barron Sherer

28. Brigid Baker
29. Daniel Fila
30. McLaine Oberhellmann
31. Fro Rojas
32. Annie Hollingsworth
33. Preston Allen
34. Cristina Molina
35. David Josef Tamargo
36. Jillian Mayer

37. Alfonso Vega
38. Natasha Lopez de Victoria
39. Aholsniffsglue


40. Heather Maloney
41. Jorge Rubiera
42. Elaine Lancaster
43. Nick Duckart
44. Danielle Estefan
45. John Dufresne

46. Monica Lopez de Victoria
47. Bill Bilowit
48. Alette Simmons-Jimenez
49. Tawnie Silva
50. Ginger Bardot
51. Jonathan David Kane
52. Naomi Fisher
53. Rocky Grimes

54. Teresa Barcelo
55. Paul Tei
56. Lee Materazzi

57. Karla Garcia
58. Anna Mixon
59. Octavio Campos
60. P. Scott Cunningham
61. Elena Garcia
62. Summer Hill
63. Autumn Casey
64. Juan Navarro
65. Serge Toussaint
66. David Rohn
67. Diane Brache
68. Spencer Morin
69. James Anthony
70. Jim Drain
71. Claudia Calle
72. Kevin Arrow

73. Andrew Hevia
74. Ana Mendez
75. Michael McKeever
76. Diana Lozano
77. Ricardo Pau-Llosa
78. Agustina Woodgate
79. Tarell Alvin McCraney
80. Jennifer Kronenberg
81. Farley Aguilar
82. Colin Foord
83. Karelle Levy
84. Matt Gajewski
85. Antonia Wright
86. Allen Charles Klein
87. Christy Gast
88. Gustavo Matamoros
89. Shareen Rubiera-Sarwar

90. Kyle Trowbridge
91. Clifton Childree
92. Jessica Gross
93. Danny Brito
94. Nektar de Stagni
95. Anthony Spinello
96. Vanessa Garcia
97. Justin Long
98. Rosie Herrera
99. Rick Falcon

100. Ingrid B
 
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